HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
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HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)

Going to Bailey's Pot Shop

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HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
Bradley, H.
Going to Bailey's Pot Shop
signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with a fly (lower right), inscribed 'Sometimes on Friday afternoons, Mother,/George and I with Grandma, The Aunts and Miss Carter/ (who wore Pink) walked through Glodwick to visit/Great Aunt Buckley. She like Great Aunt Jane lived in/a very dark house, and like her, was very sweet. We had/to sit still on her sofa and be good, but sometimes/she would let us play in the kitchen. There was always/Polly, her maid sitting before the fire. She has a big/black cat called 'Joe' who loved to play hide and seek/with us. Polly made delicious Parkin, and George and/I always had a lump before going home, but today/we didn't go straight home through the Park, but up/into Oldham, to Baileys Pot Shop because, alas,/Mother only just remembered in time that tomorrow/was Mrs Maitlands Birthday and we had promised/to get her a Cream jug, so we bought her a/lovely one, with pink roses all over it and the year/was 1906.' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard)
oil on canvas laid on board
17 7/8 x 25 7/8 in. (45.3 x 65.7 cm.)
Provenance
with Michael Grimes, Liverpool, where purchased by the present owner in July 1995.
Literature
H. Bradley, 'In the Beginning', Said Great-Aunt Jane, London, 1975, p. 27, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Helen Bradley: Commemorative Exhibition, London, W.H. Patterson, 1981, n.p., no. 21, illustrated.
I. Taylor, Helen Bradley's Lancashire, Halsgrove, 2002, p. 133, illustrated.
Exhibited
London, W.H. Patterson, Helen Bradley: Commemorative Exhibition, July - August 1981, no. 21.
Preston, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Helen Bradley: Paintings of a Victorian Childhood, 1996, no. 7.
London, W.H. Patterson, Helen Bradley: Commemorative Exhibition, July - August 2000, no. 17.

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